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  1. Fuel prices are finally trending down a bit, but with the nationwide average still well above $3.00 per gallon it still makes sense to find the best deal when you stop to fill up.

    The MapQuest Gas Prices site has been helping drivers find those best deals for years, and we’re happy to report we’ve freshened it up. The new design makes it easier for you to find gas stations sorted either by proximity or cheapest nearby, and select your preferred fuel type (premium, diesel, etc.). We’ve also used a device-responsive design so it will work better on smartphones and tablets, and streamlined updates so that prices are now refreshed up to three times per day.





    Also, if you haven’t tried the free MapQuest Gas Prices apps for iPhone or Android, go to the App Store or Google Play and take them for a spin. They may just help you save some cash to pay off those holiday bills!

    Drive safe, and enjoy the Holidays.

  2. If you happen to be one of the lucky folk who have Monday, Oct. 8, off in celebration of the explorer, Christopher Columbus, chances are MapQuest’s walking directions can help expedite your agenda. Better yet, our free navigation apps even offer spoken turn-by-turn maneuvering so you can choose the most efficient paths through parks and one-way streets.

    Have the MapQuest app on iPhone or Android? Just click on “Directions,” enter your start and end locations, then click the “walking man” icon. MapQuest Mary talks you through each of your stops, and you can always use the business locator to grab a quick coffee or stop at a post office along the way. We’re here to help you with discovery along the way as well.

    If you don’t have the app yet, download it for free in the App Store or Google Play. Or, if you don’t have a smartphone, walking directions are also available on m.mapquest.com while you’re on the go or mapquest.com before you head out the door.

    Hope you take advantage of the Christopher Columbus Day, and like the “real deal,” get exploring!

  3. MapQuest starts 2012 with an all-new mobile browser experience using HTML5. Designed to be more app-like, we built the mobile website from the ground up to have a much more intuitive look and feel. It’s now easier than ever to determine where you are, where you want to go, and how to best get there from your Android or iPhone web browser.

    Quickly find where you are:

    Pull up mapquest.com in your mobile browser and we’ll find your location and update it as you move around..

    Discover places to go:

    Find hotels, food, gas stations and more with a single tap. To help you decide, we have ratings and reviews for hotels and restaurants. We even have the latest gas prices near you.

    Get directions:

    When giving directions to a friend, most of us mention landmarks to make it easier: for example, “Turn left at Elm Street, immediately after the golf course”. MapQuest does the same for you by mentioning familiar places to keep you oriented and letting  you know if you’ve gone too far. And if you don’t want to drive, we’ll give you walking directions.

    Easy to use:

    Everything in the new MapQuest mobile web app is organized to be easy to find and easy to use. Common functions, like seeing traffic and switching to satellite view, are in the dropdown. And you can even pick from a selection of “you are here” icons, which includes everything from a battle tank to a unicorn. :-)

    Please check it out and let us know what you think!

  4. Do you know it would take 17,000 trees to make the paper for one month’s worth of printed MapQuest driving directions?* That’s a lot of paper and ink!

    Traveling TipsNext time you are planning a trip – travel green. Instead of printing the directions, just send it to your phone. On the printer-friendly page, you’ll see the new Send to Mobile option. Just enter your mobile number, then click ‘Send to Mobile’ and a text message with your maps and directions will be sent to your phone.  The link in the text message takes you to MapQuest.com on your mobile. A mobile map gives you quick access to helpful features like:

    • Pan, drag, and zoom the map to see more than what the printout would have given you
    • See traffic flows & incidents
    • Access location details & phone numbers
    • View aerial maps
    • Search nearby – a parking lot or nearest gas station?
    • In the event you get lost: find yourself on the map (iPhone & Android devices)

    If you haven’t already, download our iPhone or Android app and get an even better experience through FREE GPS turn-by-turn Navigation.

    [* One tree equals 8,000 sheets of paper according to thinkrecycle.com.]

  5. Go green – it’s something I think we all really want to do, but frankly, it can sometimes be inconvenient!  Well, good news – MapQuest’s earth-friendly tools are super helpful and you’ll get the internal satisfaction of giving Mother Earth a big ol’ hug.

    Save Paper.  Go Mobile.
    Next time you get directions on MapQuest.com, try sending directions to your mobile phone instead of printing.  When you use our Send To Mobile tool, we’ll send you a text message.  Just click the link and the directions you planned online will be available right there on your mobile.  It’s incredibly easy and you’ll save paper and ink.

    If you’re already on the go, you can also choose to plan your entire trip from your mobile device.  MapQuest’s iPhone and Android app offers voice-guided directions (yes, it’s just like a GPS!) and it’s free.  If you’re on a different device, you can use our mobile website (http://m.mapquest.com).

    Transit, Bike and Walking Directions
    Hopping in the car is second nature to most of us, but why not try alternative transportation next time?  We can route you there based on the transportation mode you prefer – transit, bike or walking.  Just pick your mode of green transport and we’ll get you where you need to go.

    Alternative Fuel Prices
    With gas prices rising, many of you have been using our Gas Prices site to find the gas station near you with the cheapest gas prices, but did you know you can also use the tool to find stations with alternative fuel? Just click on the drop down and you can choose from Biodiesel, electric, hydrogen and many other fuel options.

    Drive Less
    Even if you drive a super-green hybrid, choosing the most efficient route saves extra time in the car.  MapQuest’s Route Planner tool lets you enter up to 26 locations and will reorder it based on the shortest or quickest route.

    Hope these tools are helpful this Earth Day and the rest of the year!

  6. MapQuest's Send To Cell and EmailWe just launched a nice upgrade to the ‘Send To’ feature, ultimately making it easier for you take maps and directions with you on the go.  The upgrade now sends you to our new MapQuest Mobile Web experience, a site that feels more app-like than most mobile websites.

    To give the Send To email or phone a try, pull up a MapQuest map or directions from your computer or iPad and click “Send To” at the top-left of the page. You can send the link to yourself, friends, and/or family. It won’t matter if the recipient is using a home computer, smartphone, or an older cell-phone with a web-browser – they’ll all be able to open the link and access the info they planned in advance from their computer.  From here, MapQuest Mobile Web can now use your phone’s GPS to find your current location (assuming your phone is capable), search for restaurants, parking, etc in 1-click, and get directions to a multitude of places.

    Hope you find the new upgrade useful!

  7. We recently told you about greater coverage to MapQuest Mobile Web and now we have even more. This means that the majority of traffic to our mobile site will see the new version (2.0). Why is this exciting? Well, our main goal of the new version was to make it an app-like experience but without the download – just go to m.mapquest.com from your mobile browser. And, of course, it’s free.

    MapQuest Mobile Web 2.0 on the Samsung Behold® II

    Some of the phones we’ve added include the Samsung Behold® II (pictured above), BlackBerry® 8830, BlackBerry® 8100 Pearl™ and the Palm® Centro™. If you’d like to see if version 2.0 is available on your device, check out our full list of supported devices.

    As always, let us know if you have any questions or feedback via the MapQuest Help Site or Forum.

  8. This week, a few of us from the MapQuest mobile team traveled to Vegas for the CTIA Wireless Conference, one of the biggest mobile conferences in the country. We’re here to discuss our focus on the User Experience, always answering the questions ‘Where is it, how do I get there, and what’s nearby/along the way?’ – consistently, over all connected devices.

    According to the most recent semi-annual survey results CTIA-The Wireless Association®, there are now more than 257 million data-capable devices in consumers’ hands, up from 228 million at the end of 2008. MapQuest wants to be on every one of them.

    If you own one of these 257 million devices, take a second to acquaint yourself with what MapQuest has to offer with this quick video interview by Butterscotch.com shot earlier this week.

  9. Yesterday we announced that our new MapQuest Mobile Web 2.0 is available on more browsers. What we didn’t mention is that we also launched a new capability on the site: Search-Along-Route. This may not sound like much at first, but it’s actually pretty useful. Let me give you an example: Have you ever been on your way to a meeting or your kid’s basketball game hoping you’ll find a coffee shop on the way there? Me too. In fact, many of us here at MapQuest have encountered situations like this. So we developed Search-Along-Route and it’s now available on our mobile website. Our years of experience tell us that most people will be looking for stuff near the origin of their trip (e.g. gas station) or the destination (e.g. parking) and you can do both of these on our site, but this new feature allows you to also search around any maneuver in your route for categories (e.g. coffee shops, post offices, etc.) or specific search terms (e.g. Monk’s Diner). Try Search-Along-Route. I suspect you’ll solve that caffeine craving. It did for me. ;)

    Here’s a visual of how easy it is to search-along-route:

    MapQuest Mobile Website Search for Coffee Shops Along the Route

    So where do you get this cool feature? Just type the URL m.mapquest.com into your mobile browser. To find out if MapQuest Mobile Web 2.0 is available on your phone, simply go to our help site.

    The vast majority of phones have mobile browsers, and MapQuest wants to be on every one of them in a meaningful way. Stay tuned as we continue to add to the list of devices compatible with MapQuest Mobile Web 2.0.

  10. As you may have noticed, we at MapQuest are bullish on the mobile browser. After all, nearly everyone with a phone has one! With this in mind, we’d like to announce greater coverage of MapQuest Mobile Web 2.0. Now more people can get a modern look-and-feel, a friendlier user-experience and new features like walking directions from our mobile web site. We still cover all phones that have a mobile browser, but now 40 of the most trafficked mobile devices will render this improved user-experience.

    Basically, we copied many of the great features available on our mobile downloadable applications, and made them available on your mobile browser. Advanced Browsers can even take advantage of top-tier capabilities like touch interface and GPS (Find Me). Standard Browsers access the same features except the touch, satellite, & GPS features.

    Map of Coors Field on the MapQuest Mobile Website - Version 2.0

    How do you get it?
    Just type the URL m.mapquest.com into your mobile browser. Bookmark it. You’ll have MapQuest at your fingertips without having to download any application or updates.

    What exactly is available on MapQuest Mobile Web 2.0? Here’s a quick summary:

    • My Places: Registered My Places users on MapQuest.com can view their saved maps and routes. Browsers with cookie support will also save recent locations, automatically.
    • Directions: Reliable driving (and walking!) directions you’ve come to expect from MapQuest.com.
    • Maps: Enjoy aerial maps with quick pan and zoom features.
    • Live Traffic: Live traffic with the latest road conditions.
    • Find Me: See your location from your phone’s GPS chip. (iPhone & Android only)
    • Local Search: Search for a business, either by name, or maybe just a category.

    Why not at least try it? As always, stay tuned on more to come.